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Joint action by the UK travel trade and police, courts and hoteliers in Spain has led to a major a breakthrough in the fight against false sickness claims. According to TUI UK and Ireland, a major crackdown has led to … Continue reading

Tui UK & Ireland claims one law firm has dropped 1,800 holiday sickness cases against it and has revealed customers who submitted false or exaggerated against hoteliers in Majorca in the past year can now “expect criminal action to be … Continue reading

Tui is working with Spanish police to help with efforts to crack down on bogus illness claims by holidaymakers prompted by claims management companies in resorts. The Thomson and First Choice parent company met with the financial crimes division of … Continue reading

Thomas Cook Group chief executive Peter Fankhauser claimed today that British tourists have become the laughing stock of Europe due to a 500% rise in holiday sickness claims. Fankhauser, a Swiss national, told the ABTA Travel Matters conference that there … Continue reading

Package holidays could soar in price because of a surge in fraudulent food poisoning claims against all inclusive resorts, a trade body has claimed. Experts are warning a growing epidemic of travel sickness fraud has become the new bogus whiplash … Continue reading

Jet2holidays claims a couple seeking holiday sickness compensation “drank shots and spirits” on the night they were allegedly taken ill. The couple from Liverpool travelled with Jet2holidays on a 12-day all-inclusive holiday to Gloria Palace, San Agustin, Gran Canaria in … Continue reading

Bogus travel websites are reportedly duping Google into thinking they are genuine so they can target more than 5,000 British holidaymakers a year with phantom holidays. An explosion of convincing fake travel websites, which steal photographs of real luxury accommodation, … Continue reading

The UK Foreign Office is warning holidaymakers about companies encouraging them to make holiday sickness claims in Turkey and Bulgaria. The government department is advising travellers that they could face prosecution if they are found to be making a fake … Continue reading

In a Q&A session at the ITT Conference, moderated by TTG Media managing director Daniel Pearce, Burling, who is also Tui’s chief executive Northern Region urged the industry to come together to stamp out the issue. “This is a situation … Continue reading

Raise your hand if you’ve ever received an email with the subject line, “Bill Gates Wants to Share His Fortune With You!!” The offer, dating back to the origins of email, promised massive riches if you “helped out” by testing … Continue reading

Hill Dickinson partner Maria Pittordis explains the legal background, and Ian Taylor reports on the latest Appeal Court ruling Lawyer Maria Pittordis, a partner and head of the marine and trade division at law firm Hill Dickinson, is a specialist … Continue reading

Two Britons suspected of encouraging tourists to make fake food poisoning claims have been held by police in Majorca. The pair were detained yesterday by officials in northern Majorca in what are believed to be the first detentions of their … Continue reading

The cost of all-inclusive holidays could rise by 15% for UK holidaymakers if the surge in false holiday sickness claims continues, insurers warn. Abta says the rise in gastric illness claims are up by more than 500% across the industry … Continue reading

Low-cost carrier AirAsia is the latest airline to warn customers of a free ticket scam. It has been alerted to posts on social media offering free tickets via an online survey. Survey participants answer several questions and then are purportedly … Continue reading

Maria Pittordis, a partner at law firm Hill Dickinson, said: “Some companies are getting 100 claims per day. They are all for all-inclusive holidays. Most of them – 99.9% – are from people who did not report their illness in-resort. … Continue reading

Holiday scams are on the rise, with the number of reported cases up almost 20% year on year – from 4,910 to 5,826 in 2016 – according to Action Fraud figures. Those reporting scams had lost around £1,200 on average. … Continue reading

The recent upsurge in holiday sickness claims is “clearly fraud” and is putting the reputation of UK travel firms at risk. That is the view of Deloitte global leader for travel and aviation Graham Pickett, who urged industry leaders at … Continue reading

Thomas Cook revealed an increase in illness related claims from UK consumers in its interim half-year results and said it believes many to be “questionable”. The operator would not give figures but said the rise was in line with the … Continue reading

A Which? investigation has proved just how easy it is for con artists to put fake accommodation listings on popular holiday-letting websites. We set up fake profiles on Airbnb and TripAdvisor’s Holiday Lettings, and successfully placed eight scam listings on … Continue reading

Lawyers are allegedly paying illicit referral fees to claims management companies for access to clients who say that they have contracted stomach bugs and other ailments while on package holidays. At least 15 law firms are reported to be facing … Continue reading